Tuesday, July 27, 2010

RSS > TagCloud > 4 > CD : WebFeed-Based TagClouds For Collection Development > i-CD


I am greatly interested in learning of any/all past/present/future initiatives in which an Abstracts/Indexes search results webfeed (RSS; Atom;  Etc.) is Mashed into aTagCloud that displays the frequency of terms from the citation and abstracts for the RSS results.

I currently subscribe to a variety of altering services and wish to go Beyond The Linear Review of entries in order to expedite the identification of potential candidates for further consideration.

My current interest is to use the mashup to visualize RSS search updates from Dissertations & Theses @ Iowa State University in order to keep abreast of the current and emerging research for departments which I have assigned responsibility to inform my Collection Development activities.

BTW: Believe It Or Not I Do Have A Real Job And Do Real (And Virtual) Work [(:-)]:

“I currently have primary responsibilities for Collection Development, Instruction, and Reference and Research Services in Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Environment Sciences; Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering … .”

IMHO > Other applications Of "The MashUp" Are Unlimited >


Tracking Current/Emerging Research From All Schools That Participate In Dissertations & Theses.


Those That Participate In The Open Access Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations program.

And/Or >>>

Any Source (Database/Site/Etc) That Provides A Web Feed >>>

And Not

Just To Track Research Trends >>>

RSS readers that have a tagcloud functionality are of particular interest !!!


I’ve just discovered one that looks promising > MagicReader> (“Your most recent RSS entries in a cloud representation”) >>>


I will continue to Google but would like to Tap The Wisdom Of The Web as well.

BTW> As some know, I’ve long had an interest in Information Visualization >

The Big Picture (sm): Visual Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases


“E-Journals and Information Visualization. New Age Navigation: Innovative Information Interfaces for Electronic Journals


New Age Navigation: Innovative e-Journal Interfaces


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Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011

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Caryn Wesner-Early said...

I read the PowerPoint you linked to from your message to SLA-DITE, and found it very interesting. I was particularly taken by the landscape means of diplaying information, produced by SPIRE (now In-SPIRE). My particular interest is information provision in virtual worlds, like Second Life. Have you ever heard of a mashup between landscape displays of search results and real, navigable virtual reality? Sounds like it would be cool!

Valerie said...

An application called Wordle (http://www.wordle.net/) enable user to create tagcloud from any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed. You just have to enter its URL.

Valérie Durieux

GMcK said...


Thanks for your recommendation.

When I enter the RSS feed


into Wordle I get the following error message

"clip sweeping" [ ??? ]


ranti said...

I noticed you tried to include your proxy information against Wordle. Try using this one:


Valerie said...


I am not an expert in Wordle but I think it doesn't work because the feed is not freely available (you have to log in to have acces to it). I tried with "free" RSS feeds and it worked.